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sabrina 1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-26-10 02:16 PM
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41. Finally got a chance to read their response to Greenwald.
They start out by being pretty arrogant:

Normally both of us, no strangers to controversy, view attacks on our articles like todays by Glenn Greenwalds as a badge of honor. But were frankly puzzledand disappointed, if thats the right wordthat the source of this attack is Glenn Greenwald, whom weve followed fairly regularly over the past couple of years and whom we both respect.

A badge of honor to be exposed as having smeared an innocent citizen? I really thought that The Nation had far higher standards than that.

Having read their article, it is clear that they either do not know that this has always been a Left issue, or that they did but are so intent on defending this administration's flip flop on Civil Rights, they chose to ignore it.

Mostly what strikes me is the similarity of THEIR article to all the other 'liberal bloggers' who used the same reasons to distract from the main issue, the attack on our civil rights.

What they are missing, either unwittingly or willfully, I can't say, is that it DOES NOT MATTER who else supports or doesn't support these machines, or what their motives are. What matters is that the Left had successfully managed to stop them from being brought into our airports, through court battles etc for five years and now they are there, and we have a Democratic administration supporting them. Iow, Democrats succeeded where Bush failed. And our president, the one we elected, is friends with the CEO of Rapiscan, manufacturer of the machines who have become extremely wealthy as a result of the purchase by Janet Napolitano of these machines out of the Stimulus money.

And they have distracted from the main issues, so congrats to them on that I guess. I'm sure corporate America is more than pleased with their focus on the non-issue of the right now supporting something they have opposed for so long.

But we do not abandon important issues and flip flop when our party wins. At least some of us don't. I will have to think about that in terms of where this party stands on any of the issues they used to believe in.
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